Very good course. I am an experienced non-fiction writer, but have definitely learned some skills through this course. The reading material was interesting, and the instructor’s comments were insightful and helpful. I recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their non-fiction writing skills. -KR Writing Nonfiction 101: Fundamentals

Daniel Cramer

The boot camp was extremely helpful. I will be looking for more of your courses! – Daniel Cramer Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages Boot Camp


Bill Bernhardt is an outstanding instructor. This was my first WD course—I was impressed. Bernhardt helped me kick off a new project and put me on a fast track. Over the years, I have read dozens of books and listened to dozens of tutorials on craft—this course helped me with my novel more than any of those. Highly recommended! – SC Writing the Thriller Novel


This was by far, the best workshop I have taken to date. It’s my fifth to be honest. John DeChancie is a master at explanation and keeping you involved in your story! I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to write short stories. His encouragement and enthusiasm helped me get through the middle and to a great ending. I finally made it up and over as they would say. Thank you John!!!! I am sad to see it … Learn More →


This course was awesome! Not only was Liz extremely helpful with her comments on my assignments, she was encouraging. Thank you for offering this course! – EC Outlining Your Novel


Thanks for this course. It has been very helpful in getting me started. I appreciate all the feedback! – Cindy Blogging 101


Excellent course! Mark provided insightful and helpful comments. The course, overall, gave me a great framework for working on my novel. I’m very glad I took the time to take this course! – Ed Build Your Novel Scene by Scene


The Copyediting Certification Course was extremely educational and encouraging for me. Kim is a great teacher. I highly recommend this course to aspiring copy editors and writers who want to fine-tune their skills. – RK


I enjoyed this class. The pacing was easy to follow without being overwhelming. I’ve had zero copywriting experience before this class and now I feel a lot more confident in pursuing this path. Thanks to Athena for her help and feedback. – MT Breaking Into Copywriting


Absolutely loved this course. Terri’s feedback kept me motivated to keep going and I am very happy with the outcome. -KC 12 Weeks to a First Draft


Outstanding teacher! Wonderful course! I accomplished far more than I imagined! -DH 12 Weeks to a First Draft


Many thanks to Mark for a fantastic course. I had read previous reviews of this course, and his tutorship, and was not disappointed in any respect. I learned a great deal from Mark’s insightful comments and advice, which was always constructive and helpful. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to progress their writing journey. – SB Advanced Novel Writing

Dick Byrnes

For me this was a wonderful course. It served my needs and Terri Valentine was a wonderful mentor. Through her guidance I became a greatly improved writer and finished the first draft of my novel. – Dick Byrnes Advanced Novel Writing


This is an amazing course – well presented and well taught! An education in the art and practice of research. All historical storytellers, whether fiction, non-fiction or screen, would benefit greatly from this course and from Donna’s wise and supportive comments. – WD Writing Historical Fiction


This course was excellent. The lessons were informative, interesting, and provided me with new tools for crafting my own writing. I enjoyed the guided study of literary short stories to examine how famous writers use language, motifs, and diction effectively. I have strategies moving forward. The skills I learned in the course are valuable, and I am inspired to keep writing. -AR Read Like a Writer: Learn from the Masters


I thought the class was really informative and interesting plus it introduced me to not just the genre but to Stephen King’s The Mist, which I’d never read. I read him a lot in my youth but haven’t for a few years. I also thought Phil did a great job of honing in on the very things that make for a great horror story. He’s a lovely person, it seems, and a very good instructor. I would recommend him highly. … Learn More →


Fearless Writing was an invaluable resource in helping me get out of a non-writing rut. The exercises were great in getting me to clarify my obstacles, and Bill’s advice and feedback were both insightful and useful. ~MF


My first WDU course but not my last! Leigh Anne is an amazing wit and great instructor–content better than many published books on comedy writing that I’ve read. Nice work! ~RH Comedy Writing Workshop  

William Kenower

Instructor William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times and Edible Seattle, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

Donna Russo Morin

Donna Russo Morin is the internationally published author of six multi-award-winning historical novels including Portrait of a Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book One (a current finalist in Foreword Reviews BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR), and The King’s Agent, recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her latest release, The Competition: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Two (April 25, 2017, an Editor’s Choice, Historical Novel Society Review) continues to follow the adventures and traumas of a clandestine group of women artists … Learn More →

Leigh Anne Jasheway

Leigh Anne Jasheway teaches Comedy in Media and a number of seminars on comedy as a communication tool for the University of Oregon. She’s taught comedy writing at Lane Community College for 23 years. Leigh Anne has been a comedy and inspirational speaker and writer for 21 years and has 24 published books. She is also a stand-up comedian and improviser.

Estelle Erasmus

Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning journalist, writing coach and former magazine editor-in-chief of five publications, including Hachette’s Body by Jake, The American Breast Cancer Guide, and Women in Touch. She is a longtime member of the venerable American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and was the conference chair for ASJA’s 2017 Conference in NYC. She also just launched a podcast for ASJA called ASJA Direct. Erasmus is the host and curator of the podcast. Her personal essays have been … Learn More →

Writing Advice | Getting Started in Writing

Writing Advice | Getting Started in Writing. We’re going to help you take your writing to the next level-to introduce you to the craft of writing. To become proficient at any trade or craft, you must first learn to handle the tools and raw materials at your disposal. As a writer, your raw material will be the words you use to express your ideas. To turn that raw material into a finished product-a story, an article, or a book-you’ll use … Learn More →

1st Person Point of View

1st Person Point of View | Learn More Here: How do you choose a Point of View (POV)? Point of view means the “person” (as in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, and not the character’s voice) the writer uses when telling the story. However, when people talk about POV they sometimes refer to the character who is telling the story. The terms POV, person, and voice are used interchangeably and actually have more than one meaning, which makes talking about them … Learn More →

Guest Instructor: Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir short story collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, which was nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards for best anthology. … Learn More →

William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of novels, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently being adapted into an NBC miniseries, a book of poetry (The White Bird), and a series of books on fiction writing. Bernhardt is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise … Learn More →

Fantasy Writers

Fantasy Writers – Where do you belong? Most critics and publishers treat science fiction and fantasy as two separate genres, but the two are inextricably linked. In the 1960s, J. R. R. Tolkien’s monumental Lord of the Rings trilogy was published in paperback in the US, launching a whole new category of popular literature now known as heroic or epic fantasy. This type of story often features magic and swordplay against a medieval backdrop. For some reason that no one … Learn More →

Write a Plot

Write a Plot – Outlining Your Novel. Let’s take a look at a few classic outlining methods. The Three-Act Method. Story structure provides the basis for your book. It’s the skeleton into which you breathe the life of your story. That means the foundation for your outline will rest upon that structure. What’s known as the three-act structure is one of the most basic and time-honored approaches. Based upon three major plot points (at the end of the first act, … Learn More →

Writing Tips – Short Story Fundamentals

Writing Tips – Short Story Fundamentals. “Rules” of the Short Story: While a list of short story “rules” does nothing so much as invite exceptions, we can point to a few characteristics that most successful stories share. •    Short stories can be said to have a beginning, middle, and end •    Unlike many novels, short stories generally have a single viewpoint character •    A short story usually covers a smaller time frame than a novel, and usually has fewer characters … Learn More →

How to Contact an Agent

How to Contact an Agent. Not too many years ago, an author would type the last page of her book, pack the manuscript into a typing-paper box, add a cover letter and return postage, then send it by library rate to the publisher. Some of those books actually got into print; a few of them even became best-sellers. But that was then. This is the twenty-first century, where most unsolicited manuscripts are returned, unread, to the authors. The “blind send” … Learn More →